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Transient's Fire Damages Jewish Blind of California's service center.

December 21, 2005.
Los Angeles Fire Department.

On Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 6:04 AM (PST), eleven Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, five LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one Arson Unit, one Urban Search and Rescue Unit, one EMS Battalion Captain, two Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and one Division Chief Officer Command Team all under the direction of Battalion Chief Robert Franco responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 544 North Larchmont Boulevard in Southeast Hollywood.

Firefighters arriving on scene found a one-story, 50' X 75', commercial building with fire showing through the roof. Firefighters gained access to the interior of the structure and discovered a well involved attic fire. As Firefighters attacked the fire from the interior of the structure, fellow Firefighters on the roof simultaneously conducted vertical ventilation operations.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire in thirty minutes and limit the damage to the attic portion of the building.

The involved facility, Jewish Blind of California, was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries.

The dollar loss was estimated at $170,000 ($150,000 structure and $20,000 contents.)

An investigation conducted by an LAFD Arson Unit determined that a transient had started a warming fire against the building which eventually found it's way into the attic causing the fire.

The transient was arrested by LAFD Arson investigators.

Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman, Los Angeles Fire Department.

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